Grayton Beach from the sand dunes

With one of America's most beautiful and pristine white sand beaches, the more-than-2,000-acres of Grayton Beach State Park offer a beautiful setting for sunbathing, swimming and surf fishing. A boat ramp on Western Lake gives canoers and kayakers access to both freshwater and saltwater fishing in a salt marsh ecosystem.

The state park also offers hikers a nature trail that winds through a coastal forest of magnolias and scrub oaks, and a bike trail that meanders for more than four miles through pine flatwoods.

Overnight visitors get their choice of a full-facility campground with 34 sites or 30 three-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex cabins. Two of the cabin units are ADA accessible. Bike rentals are offered at the ranger station.

Pets on leashes are allowed in the campground and on the trails but not in the cabin area or on the beach. The main park beach and the cabin beach offer ADA access.

Grayton Beach State Park is open from 8 am to sunset, every day of the year. Admission fees: $5 per vehicle to a maximum of eight occupants, $4 for single occupant vehicles, $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists and extra passengers. Camping fees: $24 per site per night (plus tax) at the old campsites, includes water and electric; $30 per site per night (plus tax) at the new campsites, includes water, sewer and electric. Cabin Fees: August 1 through January 31: $110 per night or $705 per week (plus tax); or February 1 through July 31: $130 per night or $775 per week (plus tax). For camping or cabins you'll most likely want to make reservations at least two weeks in advance (and weekends require a two-night minimum stay). Grayton Beach State Park is located about halfway between Destin and Panama City on County Road 30A.

Along the northern boundary of Grayton Beach State Park is Point Washington State Forest.